Is Sky about to launch a mobile phone service?

A new report in the Times says Sky has been talking to mobile network operators, with the aim of launching its own mobile phone service. Let’s take a look at whether we can expect the satellite TV colossus to offer quad-play any time soon…

Sky could be the next broadband, phone and TV provider to start offering mobile phone services too.

According to the Times, Sky's met with Vodafone, EE and O2 to discuss using their networks. That would make Sky a mobile virtual network operator, similar to the likes of Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile and giffgaff.

'Quad-play' bundles that combine broadband, home phone, TV and mobile phone services together on one contract are already well established in Spain and other parts of Europe. They've recently become available in the UK, with Virgin Media the first provider to offer them.

TalkTalk also sells mobile phone plans, but only to existing broadband and TV customers - it hasn't bundled them cleanly like the big VM. Yet.

Then there's BT, which currently offers mobile services for businesses using EE's network, and is expected to start offering broadband, phone, TV and mobile to regular folk reasonably soon.

EE itself recently launched its own TV service in the UK. You can't get broadband, phone, TV and mobile bundles from the provider yet, but we'd bet the entire office supply of coffee it's coming. And weloveour coffee.

Earlier this month, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch discussed the possibility of Sky mobile, saying: "If we thought there was strong customer demand, then we can be in a good place to respond. We've got a very significant customer base already that we know we can cross-sell into very successfully."

While it's unclear when Sky will go ahead with mobile, considering the movements toward quad-play by other providers, it's unlikely they'd want to miss out, so watch this space.

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